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Cablegate: November 28 Mfa Press Briefing: Six-Party Talks,

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SUBJECT: NOVEMBER 28 MFA PRESS BRIEFING: SIX-PARTY TALKS,
HU-BUSH CONVERSATION, DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH NICARAGUA,
ISRAEL-PALESTINE CEASE-FIRE, ECUADOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION,
DARFUR, VISIT BY CYPRUS PRESIDENT

1. Key Points at the November 28 MFA Press Conference were:

-- This afternoon in Beijing the heads of the Six-Party Talks
delegations from China, the United States and the DPRK held
meetings, including bilateral and trilateral talks, on the
resumption of the Six-Party Talks but no date has yet been
set for the resumption.

-- Hu Jintao and President Bush conversed by phone,
exchanging ideas on the United States-China relationship and
issues of common interest.

-- China is prepared for the establishment of normal
state-to-state relations with Central American countries
currently without formal diplomatic ties to China.

-- The Israel-Palestine ceasefire is a "constructive and
active step towards peace in the Middle East." The Palestine
issue is the core of broader Middle East problems.

-- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos will hold a state
visit to China December 4-8 at the invitation of Hu Jintao.

China, United States and DPRK Discuss Six-Party Talks, No
Date Set
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2. MFA Spokesperson Jiang Yu said EAP A/S Christopher Hill,
Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei and DPRK Vice Foreign Minister
Kim Gye-gwan held meetings today in Beijing to exchange ideas
on the Six-Party Talks and issues of common interest. The
meetings included both bilateral and trilateral meetings, but
Jiang repeatedly deflected questions regarding bilateral
meetings between the United States and DPRK envoys and why a
Russian envoy did not attend the talks. VFM Wu also met with
Kenichiro Sasae of Japan and Vice Foreign Minster Chun
Young-Woo of the ROK.

DPRK to Re-enter Six-Party Talks Boldly after Nuclear Test
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3. Asked to comment on DPRK VFM Kim's statement that the DPRK
can re-enter the Six-Party Talks boldly after taking the
necessary defensive measures through the nuclear test and
stressing that the DPRK is now a nuclear nation, Jiang said
that China's position is consistent, clear-cut and firm in
opposing the proliferation of nuclear weapons and in
supporting the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
China believes the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and
UNSC Resolution 1718 have clearly stated the consensus of the
international community and hopes that all parties can take
full use of this opportunity to take flexible and
constructive attitudes for an in-depth exchange of ideas so
as to create conditions for the re-launching and early
success of the Six-Party Talks.

Hu, Bush Converse by Phone
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4. In response to a question regarding the contents of last
night's phone conversation between President Hu and President
Bush, Jiang said the two heads of state discussed United
States-China relations and issues of common interest.

China Welcomes Diplomatic Ties with Central American Countries
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5. China is prepared to have normal state-to-state relations
with the countries of Central America currently without
formal diplomatic ties to China based on the five principles
of peaceful coexistence and the UN Charter, said Jiang when
asked for comment on Nicaraguan President-elect Daniel
Ortega's expressed interest in establishing diplomatic
relations with China.

Joint Statement and Free Trade Agreement from Hu's Visit to
Pakistan
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6. Jiang said that President Hu's successful visit to
Pakistan furthered China and Pakistan's all-weather
friendship and strategic cooperative partnership and
culminated in the issuing of a joint statement. She
emphasized that the two countries' bilateral relationship is
an example of peaceful cooperation between regional
neighbors. Jiang also mentioned the signing of a free trade
agreement and a five-year cooperative plan during the visit.


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Israel-Palestine Conflict the "Core of the Middle East
Problems"
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7. Answering a reporter's questions regarding the
Palestine-Israel ceasefire and commemoration of the UN
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestine People,
Jiang said that the ceasefire was a "constructive and active
step towards peace in the Middle East." She emphasized that
the Palestine issue is the core of broader Middle East
problems and should be settled through political consultation
on the basis of UN resolutions and the support of
establishing the independent state of Palestine.

China Supports Peaceful Transition of Power in Ecuador
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8. Responding to a reporter's question about the election of
Rafael Correa as Ecuador's President, Jiang noted that the
official announcement has not yet been released. She said
China believes Ecuador can realize a peaceful transition of
power and the new government can ensure stability while
promoting economic and social development.

China Ready to Make Constructive Efforts in Darfur, Key
Moment is Now
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9. China is ready to make constructive efforts in order to
realize the peace and stability of the Darfur region and
hopes all parties can maintain the momentum of dialogue with
candid and frank communication to reach a solution on the
issue, said Jiang when asked for comment on the possible
discussion of Darfur at the African Union Summit set to take
place in Abuja, Nigeria on November 29. China appreciates
the diplomatic efforts of all parties and believes that now
is a key moment for solving the issue, Jiang stated.

Reports of China's Investment in Korean China Town are False
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10. Asked for comment on reports that the Chinese government
will invest $5 billion to establish China Town in South
Korea's Jeju Island, Jiang said the MFA has paid attention to
the reports, but found them to be false.

Cyprus President to Visit China
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11. At the invitation of President Hu Jintao, Cyprus
President Tassos Papadopoulos will hold a state visit to
China December 4-8.
Randt

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